The East Coast by Sea and Land: Ocean Gliders & Beetles in the Pine Barrens
December 12, 2013
Guests: Oscar Schofield, Scott Glenn, and Bob Williams
A new technology is changing oceanography and the nature of ocean research: gliders. These small unmanned vessels can be sent on lengthy missions under the sea and have enabled scientists to collective amounts of data that were once unimaginable. As a result, they have started to explore a variety of new research questions. In fact, scientists across the East Coast, coordinated by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS), just wrapped up Gliderpalooza 2013: a major experiment in which numerous organizations deployed gliders from Canada to Georgia to collect a wide array of data on fisheries to ocean conditions. In this hour of Radio Times, weâ€™ll hear from OSCAR SCHOFIELD and SCOTT GLENN, co-directors of the Coastal Ocean Observation Lab at Rutgers University, on the technology, Gliderpalooza, and what the ocean gliders mean for the future of ocean research. Then, weâ€™ll turn to BOB WILLIAMS, professional forester, on the beetles that have been causing trouble in the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey.